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An interesting take on history - it's anthropology, so it's all very logical but not 100% provable. He really can write well enough to have the chapters logically follow each other and remain interesting without the overreaching story arc about some question a medicine man asks him.
That whole narrative with the native medicine man is really unnecessary and makes the book longer than it needs to be and it feels like he's got to force it a little for it to fit in on a regular basis.
Still very good, and readable for a lot of people.
 

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Fantastic read, but no figures. :-(
The book itself is fantastic and very compelling. Unfortunately, the eBook is incomplete as it fails to include any of the figures from the book. I contacted
Google support, but they said this was a conscious choice on the part of the publisher. With the figures, this would be 5 stars. 

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A phenomenal read predicated on the fate of human kind.

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Beware, there is no figures in this e-version, although you can see figure x.y everywhere, but publisher didn't put any figure in the book.
And the table in the book is simply unreadable without proper format

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There are few books which I can honestly say have changed my entire perspective of the world. This is one of those books. I believe Jared Diamond's approach to be scientific in its argument, one which I have embraced as gospel!

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Excellent book on human history in the last 13,000 year from a non european prespective. A must read for everyone who want to understand evolution and why things are the way they are ... good insights into all aspects of history including inventions, discoveries, archological finds.

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OMG U WILL LOLZ SO HARD AT THIS BOK!!!! THIS IS THE MOSTZ FUNNYZ BOOK I EVER READZ!!! THE COMEDIC GENIUZ OF IT WILLZ OUTZOUNDZ YOU!!!! YOUZ MUSTZ READ THES BOK!!!!

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The author makes the argument that the differences in the worlds development of human societies is largely due to the geographic differences of the continents. Eurasia which has the largest stretch of land (in particular in homogeneous climate) had key advantages for the human species: 1. A larger selection of domesticable plants and animals. 2. Larger number of competing societies and therefore higher probability that progress (such as plant domestication) is propagated to the whole continent. Australia, the Americas and Africa had a poor collection of domesticable animals (after these had been extinct by human after the last ice age). On these continents innovations propagated much slower due to geographical and climatical reasons. Due to the development of food production based on domesticated animals Eurasians developed diseases (germs) which evolved from the life close to animals and eventually developed defenses. These germs eventually killed the largest part of the American natives, who had not developed the defenses. Since the American natives had not developed animal based germs European's were not harmed by foreign germs. The book also talks about the development of large societies and states eventually, which was caused by increase in food production, the population growth, and increasing complexity of society.  

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

For me Diamond's writing fell into two sections. One was the domestication and spread of plants and animals. This was very interesting. The second section dealt with Diamond's thesis that the earlier ... Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

GGS was well worth the time spent reading and thinking about the question which sparked MR. Diamond to write this book. GGS is amazingly researched and is a must read for anyone who loves learning ... Read full review

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